Mystery House (Roberta Williams, 1980)

“Although it had no sound, no color (black-and-white), and no animations, it did have one feature that would make it part of computer gaming history — graphics. Mystery House was the first computer game to ever contain graphics (70 simple 2D pictures drawn by Roberta Williams). Before then, all computer games were text-based. Due to its newfangled graphics, Mystery House quickly became a best-seller…” –Mystery House (Roberta Williams, 1980)Sierra Planet)…

German Professors Declare War on English Terms

“Saying they are appalled by the way the United States and Britain defied the will of the United Nations and attacked Iraq, the four [German] professors declared war on borrowed English terms in German such as ‘okay,’ ‘T-shirt’ and ‘party.’ They have devised French-language alternatives: ‘d’accord,’ ‘tricot’ and ‘fete.’” –German Professors Declare War on English TermsReuters)

Download Fiasco a Downer No More

“Fleishman posted the book online in PDF format last month. He expected a few hundred downloads. Instead, it was grabbed about 10,000 times in just 36 hours.|It took Fleishman a couple of days to realize how much traffic the book was attracting. But by the time he pulled the file offline, he was on the hook for downloads of about 250 GB of data. Fleishman estimated the charges for incremental…

Words Matter: Arnett's Baghdad Boo-Boo

“Peter Arnett, recently fired from NBC for giving an interview to Iraqi TV, has provided a lesson in media relations in today’s global society…. We live in a celebrity age. Arnett had turned himself into a controversial celebrity. As such, anything he says is fair game. The Dixie Chicks just learned this when lead singer, Natalie Maines told the audience at a performance, “We’re ashamed the president of the United…

"Child Molesters, Rapists and Other Sexual Deviants Overwhelmingly Supported Democrats"

What does the above title make you think? It’s a quote from an article in the Chicago Daily Herald., which reports that in a particular precinct, a worker registered 127 residents of a treatment center for sex offenders; 120 residents of that facility later submitted absentee ballots. “In the clerk’s race, 229 voters were cast in that precinct. So sex offenders made up more than half the vote.| Voots, the…